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NHS risks another Mid-Staffs-type scandal’

Research gained from over 1,500 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants reveals that care at hospitals is so poor that a Mid Staffordshire-style scandal is either possible or already occurring, The Guardian reports.

The survey, published by health union Unison on 5 March, “paints a picture of staff who are often overworked, stressed and neglecting patients' basic needs because there are too few of them to provide proper care”, the daily says.

It also shows that only 31% of nurses working in the NHS across the UK on 5 March believed there were enough staff in their workplace to guarantee patients received dignified, compassionate care.

"The overwhelming majority who said this also said told us that patients went without the fundamentals of care due to inadequate staffing levels. This wasn't because staff didn't care or try hard enough. They were simply understaffed and unable to provide the level of care needed", said Gail Adams, Unison's head of nursing.

The Department of Health told The Guardian that it did not believe the claims were valid as “There are now more clinical staff, including more midwives and more health visitors, in the NHS but we cannot sit in Whitehall and dictate exactly where these staff members should work.”